Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series


Widely regarded as the first great opera, Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo features one of opera’s most adored stories, in which the heroic Orfeo endures the tragic death of his beloved Euridice, and travels to the underworld to plead for her return. Breathtaking in its beauty and variety, this masterpiece defined an art form still in its infancy, with rich instrumental colors, dramatic word painting, and a virtuosic opulence of tone and texture. This broadcast will feature archival video of BEMF’s June 2015 production, where Orfeo was presented alongside Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea as part of a groundbreaking presentation of all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas.

Part of BEMF’s “Looking Back at Orpheus” event. Watch our November 2011 production of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers here:

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Turn on Closed Captions for the English translation of the production.


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer & Supervisor
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer



After the Premiere, this concert will be available on YouTube until Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Video by Kathy Wittman | Ball Square Films

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